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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2016, 11:10:43 am »
Wow. Wondering how they get dispensation to drive on public roads, albeit quiet roads :)
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2016, 12:10:09 pm »
Wow. Wondering how they get dispensation to drive on public roads, albeit quiet roads :)

Before allowed to participate they do a full roadworthy and must pass.  They are then homologated for daylight use in SA (or the country where the race takes place) and will be registered and get a license and license plate.    They will be on roads like the N1, R21, R24, N3, R59 and the N2 a lot of the time.  All legal.   :thumleft:
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2016, 08:52:37 pm »
They must just watch out when passing a tautliner, and sitting in it's shadow. :eek7:
 

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2016, 01:59:24 pm »
They must just watch out when passing a tautliner, and sitting in it's shadow. :eek7:

Trust me, shadow is the arch-enemy.  If you stand next to the car for a selfie and the shadow of you selfie stick falls on it, they rush over to ask you to move.  

The Nuon team from Delft University in the Netherlands are the reigning world champs.  Have been six times.  They are like an F1 team in their organisation and professionalism.  They arrived here a full month prior to the event.  Part of the team drove the route to check for bad patches, safe overtaking spots, etc.  These guys have a mobile weather station on route with them.  

Can you believe the Challenger Class cars weigh just under 200kg, batteries and all!  Hard to believe.  The 6m2 (maximum allowed) panels on these cars cost a cool R1m!  Not your average solar geyser stuff.

They have shared roads with other stuff all over the world, so should have experience with trucks and stuff.
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2016, 08:23:54 pm »
They must just watch out when passing a tautliner, and sitting in it's shadow. :eek7:

Trust me, shadow is the arch-enemy.  If you stand next to the car for a selfie and the shadow of you selfie stick falls on it, they rush over to ask you to move.  

The Nuon team from Delft University in the Netherlands are the reigning world champs.  Have been six times.  They are like an F1 team in their organisation and professionalism.  They arrived here a full month prior to the event.  Part of the team drove the route to check for bad patches, safe overtaking spots, etc.  These guys have a mobile weather station on route with them.  

Can you believe the Challenger Class cars weigh just under 200kg, batteries and all!  Hard to believe.  The 6m2 (maximum allowed) panels on these cars cost a cool R1m!  Not your average solar geyser stuff.

They have shared roads with other stuff all over the world, so should have experience with trucks and stuff.

They can build a whole car lighter than a GS1200??? :pot:
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2016, 02:26:26 pm »
They must just watch out when passing a tautliner, and sitting in it's shadow. :eek7:

Trust me, shadow is the arch-enemy.  If you stand next to the car for a selfie and the shadow of you selfie stick falls on it, they rush over to ask you to move.  

The Nuon team from Delft University in the Netherlands are the reigning world champs.  Have been six times.  They are like an F1 team in their organisation and professionalism.  They arrived here a full month prior to the event.  Part of the team drove the route to check for bad patches, safe overtaking spots, etc.  These guys have a mobile weather station on route with them.  

Can you believe the Challenger Class cars weigh just under 200kg, batteries and all!  Hard to believe.  The 6m2 (maximum allowed) panels on these cars cost a cool R1m!  Not your average solar geyser stuff.

They have shared roads with other stuff all over the world, so should have experience with trucks and stuff.

They can build a whole car lighter than a GS1200??? :pot:
Thanks for the info, Bear, this is really interesting stuff, unthinkable just a short period of time ago.

Ja.  Imagine that.  A whole car, with more than just one battery, lighter than a GS.  Scary!   :laughing4:

May I use the excuse that it is dry weight?   :imaposer:

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2016, 02:42:35 pm »
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2016, 02:25:48 pm »
2'10" around Zwartkops Raceway.  Not a superbike beating time, but no slouch either!

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2016, 06:56:49 pm »
Sirius X25, the car from NWU (Pukke) was flipped by unexpected bit of wind during time trials at Zwartkops Raceway today.  The driver was not injured, but the car badly damaged.  The team will do their utmost to have it repaired by Saturday morning.  The CSIR chipped in a workshop and all the other teams offered help.  Lets hold thumbs.  Sirius X25 is, arguably, the best South African entry.
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2016, 07:46:52 am »
Damn, that sucks. I wish them luck and strength, hope they get it going in time.
 

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2016, 06:18:54 pm »
For those interested, Ctrack will be providing the live tracking of the vehicles, viewable at the solar challenge website: http://www.solarchallenge.org.za/
 

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #32 on: September 25, 2016, 05:05:05 pm »
This is awesome thanx :thumleft:
 

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2016, 10:45:56 am »
Damn, that sucks. I wish them luck and strength, hope they get it going in time.

They repaired the car and finished a very credible 4th overall and 1st SA team home.  To understand this achievement completely, you had to be there.  This is no Sunday school picnic.  The NWU team deserves us taking our hats off to them!

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #34 on: October 06, 2016, 09:42:34 pm »
Ek het julle / hulle Sondag Saterdag middag op die N2 gesien, ek was vannie Kaap af oppad terug Strand se kant toe :thumleft:
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2016, 10:16:32 pm »
Ek het julle / hulle Sondag Saterdag middag op die N2 gesien, ek was vannie Kaap af oppad terug Strand se kant toe :thumleft:

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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2016, 10:24:03 pm »
So, the final results:

FINAL RESULTS:

1. Delft University of Technology - Nuon Solar (Netherlands): 4716.7km  
- Broke the distance record set by Tokai University in 2012.
- Broke the world Record for distance covered in a single day, 758km.
 2. Tokai University - Tokai Solar (Japan): 4544.2km
 3. Kecskemét University - GAMF Solar (Hungary): 4033.2km
 4) North West University - NWU Solar (SA): 3524.9km
- Excellent effort after an accident caused severe damage to their car two days before the start.
 5. Lodz University of Technology - Lodz Cruiser (Poland): 2817.8km
- The only Cruiser Class entrant.
 6. Tshwane University of Technology - TUT Solar (SA): 2120.3km
 7. Near East University - NEU Solar (Northern Cyprus): 1635.1km
 8. Maragon Olympus - Solar Eagles (SA): 1378.1km
- The only school team due to the withdrawal of the International German School.
- Beating UJ is a great achievement. (School beating a Varsity)
 9. University of Johannesburg - UJ Solar (SA): 1337.9km
 10. Zingbug - ZingCO EV (SA): 1108.5km
- The only Sustainability Class entrant.
- Very proud of the fact that the managed over 1000km.

Anadolu University form Turkey did not finish.  They had a horrid time starting with political crap in Turkey, their car's departure delayed, the arrival in SA delayed, problems with customs causing it to not be able to be scrutinised and licensed in time.  As a special dispensation they were tested and licensed at the end of the first day in Kroonstad.  They passed, but from then on, Murphy and all his family rode with them.  If it wasn't for bad luck, they would not have had any luck.

The Deutsche Schule, Johannesburg, didn't start as their car could not pass the dynamic scrutineering and couldn't be licensed for road use.

The Mangosuthu University of Technology did not arrive and never started.

The private team from Irene withdrew days before scrutineering.

This was the first Sasol Solar Challenge (4th in SA) that Wits University and KZN University did not enter at all.  KZN was sorely missed as they finished 12th in the World Championships in Aus last year.  One spot behind NWU and certainly a very good team.
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Re: The quietest race in the world. (Sasol Solar Challenge)
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2016, 10:27:10 pm »
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« Reply #38 on: October 08, 2016, 10:28:58 pm »
A few more:

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« Reply #39 on: October 08, 2016, 10:30:36 pm »
And again:

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